Privacy of the Poor
Local low-income advocates of the Crossroads Urban Center called out state government for not taking seriously the recent leaking of private information, aka the infamous list of more than 1,300 names of alleged undocumented immigrants. Advocates sent a letter to federal agencies asking them to give state government a lesson on why it’s important to protect the private information of those seeking federally funded services such as CHIP, Medicaid and food stamps. Hopefully, a visit from Uncle Sam might help remind Utah leaders that they need to protect the privacy of all Utahns—even the have-nots.
Local la Migra
Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, unveiled his controversial Arizona-style immigration bill to boos and jeers from local pro-immigration activists. While Sandstrom gets props for unveiling it early for the public to chew it over, that still doesn’t make up for serious problemos with the bill. While the bill supposedly prohibits racial profiling, it doesn’t actually create any penalties for law-enforcement officers who do profile suspects. It would also make driver privilege cards automatic cause for an officer to question a person’s immigration status. Gracias, pero no gracias, Representative.
Drill Baby … Gently
After months of negotiation deadlocks, press-conference jabs and proverbial headlocks, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and the Bill Barrett Corporation realized that what they had here was a failure to communicate. Finally sitting down to pound out a workable solution, the two sides reached an impressive consensus on drilling for natural gas in limited scope in places that surround southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon. Both sides are now high-fiving over a compromise that will provide perhaps as much as one third of the state’s natural gas while also not disturbing the canyon’s cultural treasures and epic, beautiful cliffs.
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